Microsoft Word or often called Word is a graphical word processing program that user can type with. It was a word processer and was developed by Microsoft. Microsoft Word was purposed to let users to type and save documents. It was first released on October 25,1983 under the name Multi-Tool Word for Xenix system. Microsoft Word is similar to other word processors, it has helpful tools to make documents such as spelling and grammar checker, word count, insert with pictures, graph and table. Word is a component of the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software but can also be purchased as a stand-alone product.
The first version of Microsoft Word was developed by Charles Simonyi and Richard Brodie, former Xerox programmers hired by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1981. Bravo, who is the first graphical writing program was gave many ideas and features in Microsoft Word. Bravo program was bought by computer company Microsoft.Then, Microsoft changed Bravo program to Microsoft Word. When it first came out, it was not as popular as other writing programs like Word Perfect but it had a feature called WYSIWYG which is What You See Is What You Get. It meant that users can change the visual style of writing just by clicking buttons.
In 1989, the first Windows version was released with a slightly improved interface. It caused Word became a huge commercial success. Word for Windows 1.0 was followed by Word 2.0 in 1991 and Word 6.0 in 1993. It was renamed to Word 95 an Word 97, Word 2000 and Word for Office XP. In 2016 Microsoft Word was released. It is the latest version of the word processing application.
Word is not just made for Windows but also can use for Mac. In 1997, Microsoft formed the Macintosh Business Unit as an independent group within Microsoft focused on writing software for Mac OS. Users could choose the menus and keyboards shortcuts to be similar to either Word 97 for Windows or Word 5 for Mac. In 2000, Word 2001 was released with added a few new features including the Office Clipboard which allowed users to copy and paste multiple items. Word X released in 2001 which is the first version to run natively on and required Mac OS X and introduced non-contiguous text selection. Word 2004 was released in May 2004. It included a new Notebook Layout view for taking notes either by typing or by voice. Word 2008, released on January 15, 2008, included a Ribbon-like feature, called the Elements Gallery, that can be used to select page layouts and insert custom diagrams and images. Word 2011, released in October 2010, replaced the Elements Gallery in favor of a Ribbon user interface that is much more similar to Office for Windows and includes a full-screen mode that allows users to focus on reading and writing documents, and support for Office Web Apps.
1.5.1 Advantages of Microsoft Word
Microsoft Word can easily to correct the mistakes by just hitting the backspace or delete button. There are the templates for any type of document and mail merge from a database so that you can easily send out the letters to multiple people at a time. Besides that, you can align the text whether at the centre, right or left margins or justified takes just one click. Other than that, spelling and grammatical mistakes are pointed out instantly , you can correct any mistakes which are made easily. The bullets and numbers are done automatically and there is always an option to ask for help. In addition, the images and the figures can be attached and laid out easily. Copying the documents is fast and easy and the copies can easily be made which saves on printing and it is much easier to do.
1.5.2 Disadvantages of Microsoft Word
In spite of Microsoft Word is available practically everywhere but it need a computer. Without computer, you can’t do anything. Some symbols aren’t easily accessible, which makes typing in different languages that use a different alphabet is difficult. Also, some complex mathematical equations would be easier to hand write.
1.6 Windows Movie Maker
Windows Movie Maker is a video editing software by Microsoft. It is a part of Windows Essentials software suite. It offers the ability to create and edit video as well as to publish on One Drive, Facebook and YouTube. Movie Maker first released is in 2000. Movie Maker was officially removed for download on January 10, 2017. Now, it is replaced by Windows Story Remix in Windows 10’s Photo App.
1.6.1 Advantages of Windows Movie Maker
Window Movie Maker is free to the users of Microsoft Windows. It designed for the people who didn’t have any experience with editing video because it is very easy to learn and it is fun. There are over 130 effects, amazing transitions, titles and credits available. After the capture, we able to drag and drop any video, pictures and clip anywhere on he timeline. Window Movie Maker is the perfect tool for the photo slide shows.
1.6.2 Disadvantages of Windows Movie Maker
Windows Movie Maker can freeze and crash. It need to make sure to save often before quit. It cannot create a complex video. It just can make one video track and one audio track at any instance. Windows Movie Maker also needs the patience of a saint since it is very crash prone. The video reversing requires more effort and time to do. You can cut up the clips to the smallest and put them backwards. It is frustrating for the advanced users.